Ryan Sweeder is a Professor at Michigan State University. He is currently the Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Affairs in Lyman Briggs College. He earned his PhD in Chemistry at the University of Michigan (2003) and then completed a post doc fellowship at Cornell University. Immediately afterward, he was hired at Lyman Briggs as a Visiting Assistant Professor, before beginning a tenure track position in 2005. His research focuses on Chemistry Education Research and Student Success Research.

At Michigan State University he has been recognized as an excellent teacher. He has received the Distinguished Professor of the Year Award from the Michigan President’s Council of State Universities (2015, link to story) and the MSU Alumni Associate of Mid-Michigan Excellence in Undergraduate Education Award (2014) which is MSU’s top undergraduate teaching award. Jointly with Rachel Barnard, he was recognized with an honorable mention for the MSU AT&T Instructional technology award (2020).

He was a AAN Leadership fellow (2020-2021) and was an MSU STEM Gateway Fellow (2016-2017) which was a faculty learning community for those focusing on reforming introductory STEM courses. From 2016-2018 he was the Lyman Briggs College Faculty Fellow to the Dean.

Previously he received the MSU Curricular Service-Learning & Civic Engagement award (2012) for his work with his FS 2011 LB 492 course promoting STEM awareness and the Dedication to the Enrichment of the Briggs Experience Award (2012, 2008).